BLOUNTVILLE - A free workshop, "Homeownership: The American Dream," will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, at the U.S. Department of Agriculture Service Service, 3070-B, Highway 126.
"This is an opportunity for local residents to learn about technical and financial assistance available through Rural Development and our partner agencies," said Charles Brooks, area director for Rural Development. "We have the resources to help families and individuals own their own home or make needed repairs to the one they already have."
Eligibility assistance is based on family income and varies by county. For example, a four-person household living in Sullivan County with an adjusted household income up to $37,200 may qualify for a low-interest loan through Rural Development.
For more information on home ownership or business development programs available in Sullivan County, call the Rural Development Area Office in Greeneville at (423) 638-4771, ext. 4 or 1-800- 342-3149, or visit www.rurdev.usda.gov/tn.
KINGSPORT - Primerica Financial Services, 1901 Brookside Drive, Suite 103, will hold a long-term care insurance seminar at its office at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 13.
Participants will receive information about what needs to be done to put a long-term care plan in place and how to protect their financial assets. Seating is limited. Call (423) 247-1700 to reserve a place.
Primerica's long-term care insurance is underwritten by Genworth Life Insurance Co. The home office of Primerica, a member of Citigroup, is at 3120 Breckinridge Blvd., Duluth, Ga.
KINGSPORT - The Kingsport Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors will meet 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 14, in the Ridgefields Country Club Garden Room. For more information, call Patsy at (423) 245-3686.
KINGSPORT - The Northeast Tennessee section of the American Society for Quality will meet Thursday, March 15, at the Eastman Lodge in Kingsport.
A tutorial, "Management Review: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly," will be held from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m., featuring Ron Griffith, who has more than 30 years of experience in the quality profession. Following dinner, the program, "A New Human Error Causal Factor Taxonomy," will follow from 7 to 8 p.m. The program, presented by Ben Marguglio who has 52 years' experience in high-technology environments, will focus on six types of human error causal factors, and include a case study to demonstrate them.
The cost of the catered meal is $10 for ASQ members and $11 for non-members. To register, visit www.asq1106.org, e-mail Neal Roberts at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (423) 578-6293.
JOHNSON CITY - Superior Industries will hold a career fair for employees from noon to 6 p.m. Monday, March 12, at the Best Western Conference Center on North Roan Street in Johnson City. The company's last day of production is scheduled for March 30. To register, e-mail Cathy Potter at email@example.com or call (423) 283-5228.
BLOUNTVILLE - Northeast State Technical Community College will offer a daylong series of continuing education workshops on March 20 to give students insight into emerging careers in the publishing world.
Online professor LeeAnne Krusemark will lead the workshops, which will meet at Wayne G. Basler Library, room L106, on the college's main campus, 2425 Highway 75, Blountville, adjacent to Tri-Cities Regional Airport.
Workshop times and fees are: "Introduction to Notary Public" and "Introduction to Medical Insurance Billing," 1 to 2 p.m., $19 plus $79 for materials for each class; "Meet the Publisher - Get Your Manuscript Critiqued," 3 to 4 p.m., $20 plus a $10 fee; "Beginner's Guide to Getting Published," 4 to 6:15 p.m., $29 plus $10 for materials; "Cash in with a Successful Home-Based Business," 6:30 to 9 p.m., $29 plus a $10 fee; "Make Money with a Typing/WP Business," 9 to 10 p.m., $19 plus a $10 fee.
The workshops are sponsored by the Northeast State office of Community Education. The registration deadline for all courses is Tuesday, March 13. To register call (423) 323-0222, fax 323-0217 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
KINGSPORT - The 2007 East Tennessee Environmental Conference will be held March 15-16 at the MeadowView Conference Resort and Convention Center. This year's conference has expanded to offer more than 30 sessions.
Topics include regulatory updates in air and water, green buildings, low-impact development, brownfields and greenspaces, environmental justice, energy conservation, biofuels, air quality, infrastructure development, light rail transportation, local product advantages and more.
To register or for more information, visit www.TNEnvironment.com.
JOHNSON CITY - The Tennessee Small Business Development Center at East Tennessee State University is offering several training opportunities in March for small businesses.
"So You Want to Start a Business" is a three-hour class designed to address many of the questions that potential entrepreneurs have in the initial research stages of getting their business started. The class discusses what it takes to be a successful business owner and the business idea itself.
Participants will examine the lifestyle changes and leadership challenges that many business owners face, such as working 12 to 16 hours a day, being able to get individual health insurance, addressing conflict, handling rejection and making decisions.
"So You Want to Start a Business" will be taught from 1 to 4 p.m., March 13 at the Greene County Partnership in Greeneville; from 9 a.m. to noon on March 21 at the ETSU campus in Bristol; and from 1 to 4 p.m. on March 22 in Johnson City.
"Writing Your Business Plan" is a three-hour course in which participants discuss the key components of every business plan: the business description, management plan, marketing plan and finance plan.
"Writing Your Business Plan" will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. March 15. The cost is $10.
"Government Contracting" is designed for business owners wanting to know how to do business with the government. It will be held from 9 a.m. to noon, March 15. Participants will learn how to market themselves to the government, how to register their business for government contracting, and how to discover government contracts that they may want to bid on. This session is free of charge.
One financial option that small business owners may want to pursue is the Community Express loan offered by the Small Business Administration. This loan is offered in $5,000 increments and requires minimal documentation. Representatives will be in Johnson City from 5 to 6:30 p.m., March 19.
Bankers who represent SBA products are invited to attend Lender Training from 8 to 10 a.m., March 23. SBA representatives will be prepared to cover determining the eligibility of a loan applicant, centralization of 7(a) loans, and the 7(a) application process.
To register for any of these sessions, call Teresa Blair at (423) 439-8505 or e-mail email@example.com. Unless otherwise stated, training will be held at the ETSU Innovation Laboratory at 2109 W. Market St., Johnson City.
KINGSPORT - The Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce is partnering with the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry to hold a leadership program beginning Monday, March 26, at the MeadowView Marriott Conference Resort and Convention Center.
"Positive Management Leadership" is a three-day event that will teach those in management the importance of positive employee relations, communication and leadership. The program will be presented in a unique "experiential learning" environment that forces participants to experience success and failure, helps them understand how they react under pressure, and makes them focus on being a leader and solving problems in an intense, pressure-filled interactive training exercise.
"PML is unique," said Bob Arrington, a local attorney. "It combines exposure to real life, real time-management challenges with continuing professional education on workplace leadership, human relations and law. It really is one of those events that defies description and must be experienced to be appreciated."
Late last year, Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Deb Woolley created an agreement with PML Programs to hold a series of PML training events across the state in 2007. Kingsport was one of the locations chosen because of the large industrial presence in the region.
Cost of the program is $1,195 per person and includes the seminar, materials and meals. Seating is limited, and registrations will be accepted through Monday, March 12. If seating is available after the March 12 deadline, registrations will continue to be accepted.
To register, call Suzie Lusk at (615) 256-5141. For more information, call Lusk or PML Programs at (423) 765-1871 or visit www.PMLPrograms.com.
KINGSPORT - Hair Plus in the Fort Henry Mall will hold "Customer Appreciation Days" March 12-18. The business will offer various specials during the event. For more information, call (423) 247-7278.
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